Of the teaser, and Pulse, and other matters
Well, there was teasing. There was certainly teasing.
The first small but perfectly formed piece of the Ultramarines movie went on show yesterday at the London MCM event, and went live on the website at the same moment. Let me linger on that latter theme for a second - if you’re remotely interested in the movie and its release, go to the website and REGISTER and you’ll be kept appraised of all developments.
As for the MCM show itself, what a great turn out. It’s a huge event, with massive levels of ambient background noise. Once we were up on the stage, we could barely hear our own amplified voices, though this was due in particular to the ceremonial drumming taking place somewhere else in the arena. Nevertheless, people claimed to be able to hear us. All in all, I thought it probably made up in sheer rousing atmosphere what it lost in clarity.
Big turn out at the stand too - nice to see you all. And I hope I answered the questions about "why the Ultramarines?" well enough. We want to welcome people into the extraordinary Universe of 40K, and convert them to its faith, so we need to establish the definitive concept of Space Marines very effectively, so that people ‘get them’ quickly and easily. Ultramarines do that superbly well. They are a great starting point, and it’s pretty daft to think we’d be better off going for something more obscure or specialist. Besides, has anyone thought to tell the mighty Mister Graham McNeill that Ultramarines aren’t (whisper it) popular? Thought not.
Anyway, I had a great time. Cherry on the top of the cake was talking to John Noble of Fringe in the green room. Nik seems to be very good at just saying hello to these awesome people. John was such a gent, he kept a photoshoot waiting so he could chat to us for a little longer.
While I’ve got your attention, let me urge you to watch Pulse (9.00pm, Thursday, BBC3), Paul Cornell’s new medical thriller, which, if there’s any justice, should become a series.
Finally, something Nik found for me, and which makes me smile a lot.